Upholsterers work with furniture and other upholstered materials such as sofas, chairs, beds, mattresses, etc. They design, make, and repair these materials.

Duties and tasks

  • Designing new projects as required
  • Measuring and cutting materials to cover furniture
  • Removing old or damaged material, stuffing, and padding from upholstered materials
  • Repairing structural aspects of furniture such as wooden framework and springs
  • Replacing old or damaged material with new fabric, stuffing, and padding
  • Speaking with clients to determine needs and desires

Skills required

  • Active listening skills
  • Eye for design
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Troubleshooting and repair capabilities
  • Use of logic, reasoning, and critical thinking to solve problems

Working conditions

Upholsterers may work in a variety of settings. They may work for private upholstering companies, for furniture stores, or for design studios. They may also work privately or on a freelance basis.

Professional associations / Industry information

Furnishing Industry of Australia
Manufacturing Skills Australia

Related jobs and job titles

  • Bedding Tradespersons
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Furniture Polisher
  • Furniture Upholsterer
  • Mattress Maker
  • Wood Machinist